Kareem Abdul-Jabbar rips LeBron James over 'childish' celebration: 'GOATs don't dance'

It was one of James’ last games before he was put into the NBA’s health and safety protocols because of a positive coronavirus test. James would later have subsequent negative tests that allowed him to return to the team.

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 24:  LeBron James #6 of the  Los Angeles Lakers celebrates in the 124-116 OT win against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on November 24, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 24:  LeBron James #6 of the  Los Angeles Lakers celebrates in the 124-116 OT win against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on November 24, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

When James hit the shot against the Pacers, he imitated Sam Cassell’s “big balls” dance. Abdul-Jabbar said someone like James shouldn’t be doing those kinds of celebrations.

“For me, winning is enough. Why do you need to do a stupid, childish dance and disrespect the other team on the court? It doesn’t make sense. GOATs don’t dance,” the Basketball Hall of Famer said in a SubStack commentary video on Wednesday.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James reacts after hitting a shot during overtime of in the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, in Indianapolis.

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James reacts after hitting a shot during overtime of in the team’s NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

James earned a $ 15,000 fine.

The Lakers have struggled this season with a group of veteran players who still have to get used to each other’s style of play. It also didn’t help that James missed a few games due to injury.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Los Angeles Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attends the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies basketball game at Staples Center on February 21, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 21: Los Angeles Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attends the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies basketball game at Staples Center on February 21, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevork S. Djansezian/Getty Images)

Los Angeles is 12-12 and are sitting in the No. 6 slot in the Western Conference just ahead of the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers.

The Lakers are 4-6 in their last 10 games.

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